Following the release of the revered Life Is Eazi, Vol. 2 – Lagos To London, and the establishment of the revolutionary emPawa Initiative, Mr Eazi began to tilt towards the music business, raising concerns about his interest in music-making. It’s been more than two years since we clamored for the full version of the Lady Donli assisted Lagos Gyration, Lagos To London’s, opener and finally, Mr Eazi makes his way back to being an entertainer, after enjoying a solid single run spanning continents in the past couple of years on the five-track, Something Else, a sonic synopsis about finding his way back to his first love.
Entwining Eazi the Don, whom he introduces on the earlier released opener, The Don, who also takes the reins on the Xenia Manasseh assisted Cherry, Something Else is the tuneful center of Mr Eazi’s highly successful personas: music mogul and entertainer. Even as he toots his horn on The Don, the Eazi who made hits like Bankulize, makes his way to the fore, working out melodies from Killertunes’s bass-heavy instrumentals and resurrecting the controversial Banku sound on Love For You. As a maestro, artist, and lover-boy, he stirs emPawa’s Xenia Manasseh towards authority on Cherry all while managing to serenade his listeners with engaging Afropop lingo. Blaq Jerzee produced Saudi Arabia is an upbeat metaphor for his growing worldwide affiliations while on closer, E Be Mad, he takes a stab at melding his cross-continental experience with high regard for his roots.
The reduction in passion is not lost on anyone but the way he navigates his way through versatile sounds on Something Else, coupled with his grip on cultural references that make listeners tick speaks to his vast knowledge on what makes the industry go round.